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What would be the most likely candidates for a Fiesta engine swap?
I can Hyundai engines cheap here in korea, but the CPU and electronics probably won't match up.......
 

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the best way to swap out an engine in the Fiesta is to sell it and buy something else. There is 100% no point in swapping out the 1.6L in the Fiesta for something other than it came with. The cost to do such a project is absurd and you will end up with a car that will have little resale value. As somebody who has swapped engine before, there is a ton of work involved in getting it right. Honda's typically work better for engine swaps since a lot of their engineering effort is spent on using common parts, plus there is a healthy aftermarket that supports such modifications. The Fiesta has a mediocre aftermarket and shares very little with anything else in the Ford lineup. The Mazda2 engine/gearbox/PCM would be close, but I doubt you could get the electronics to work. You would need a complete stand-alone PCM for the engine, and I doubt there is anyone willing to tune it. It simply isn't worth the effort for an engine swap.
 

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There's a swap on the forum already of a K20.

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correct, but is it worth the cost and effort? I would estimate the cost of the project would probably be close to $10,000. Spending $10,000 on a sub $20,000 newer car to end up with something that has little resale is silly. A better option would be to buy something that is more modification friendly, such as a WRX, older Civic, Integra, Miata, or even a Mustang. I have done engine swaps in the past, and have plenty of friends do the 3.0L engine swap in SVT Contours. Most projects ended up costing way more than estimated, full of drivability issues, and were sold at a loss. If you really have money burning a hole in your pocket, there are way better cars for doing serious modifications to. If I was looking at a compact to really dig into for modifications, I would look at a MkI Focus, EG/EK Civic, or WRX. All of them are pretty cheap and have tons of aftermarket support. The Fiesta is probably the worst car to modify.
 

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I mostly agree with BRGT but, if I had a bunch of money and no need to drive the car every day... Then all bets are off! I'd likely go with the ford/volvo I5 turbo.. Or get crazy and do a full sti swap...
 

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which is what I did to the car that doesn't need to be driven daily. My Mustang ended up with an engine swap, which trickled to gearbox, rear axle, brakes, every suspension component, electronics, chassis stiffening, wheels and tires, and only part of the shell remaining the way the factory made it. When I was all done, I spent about as much as you could buy a new Mustang for. The entire project took almost 15 years of development to get it right, and it still needs more work. Average a couple grand each year for 15 years, and you will quickly see how an old Mustang ended up costing more than buying a new one that was done. The sad thing, all that money was spent swapping out parts that were designed for the car. Imagine the headache of doing this to a car that was never designed for another engine!
 

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^ exactly. Without an engineered kit to support a direct and specific swap it would have to be lots of spare money. It would be the kind of project that likely would be proceeded by a lottery win! So, I'll let ya know.... :D
 

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If I won the lottery, my fiesta would be given a 2.5l turbo boxer engine and Subaru symmetrical AWD with a 6spd.

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which is what I did to the car that doesn't need to be driven daily. My Mustang ended up with an engine swap, which trickled to gearbox, rear axle, brakes, every suspension component, electronics, chassis stiffening, wheels and tires, and only part of the shell remaining the way the factory made it. When I was all done, I spent about as much as you could buy a new Mustang for. The entire project took almost 15 years of development to get it right, and it still needs more work. Average a couple grand each year for 15 years, and you will quickly see how an old Mustang ended up costing more than buying a new one that was done. The sad thing, all that money was spent swapping out parts that were designed for the car. Imagine the headache of doing this to a car that was never designed for another engine!
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which is what I did to the car that doesn't need to be driven daily. My Mustang ended up with an engine swap, which trickled to gearbox, rear axle, brakes, every suspension component, electronics, chassis stiffening, wheels and tires, and only part of the shell remaining the way the factory made it. When I was all done, I spent about as much as you could buy a new Mustang for. The entire project took almost 15 years of development to get it right, and it still needs more work. Average a couple grand each year for 15 years, and you will quickly see how an old Mustang ended up costing more than buying a new one that was done. The sad thing, all that money was spent swapping out parts that were designed for the car. Imagine the headache of doing this to a car that was never designed for another engine!
Sometimes the work is done for the sake of the work, not for the end product. If you're goal is a cheap swap, well that's just not going to happen. But some people work on cars for the joy of working on cars, and are okay with that. I agree that doing a swap on a mustang can end up more expensive than buying a new one. I have done many 4 to 8cyl swaps and to be honest they aren't that bad and can be done in less than a week (did one in a weekend once, that was a lot of work!). The point wasn't to save money, but to be able to design a car with the components that the driver wants in it, that's what modding a car is all about and why we all spend years building our cars.

For this little thing, I'd love to throw a 5.0 in it but I'm not sure it would fit. If I had to pick a 4cyl I would go with the 2.4 turbo from the neon, beast of a motor that thing was. And since I've already wired one up with a ems it wouldn't be that bad of a swap really. Ideas ideas.........

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Sometimes the work is done for the sake of the work, not for the end product. If you're goal is a cheap swap, well that's just not going to happen. But some people work on cars for the joy of working on cars, and are okay with that. I agree that doing a swap on a mustang can end up more expensive than buying a new one. I have done many 4 to 8cyl swaps and to be honest they aren't that bad and can be done in less than a week (did one in a weekend once, that was a lot of work!). The point wasn't to save money, but to be able to design a car with the components that the driver wants in it, that's what modding a car is all about and why we all spend years building our cars.

For this little thing, I'd love to throw a 5.0 in it but I'm not sure it would fit. If I had to pick a 4cyl I would go with the 2.4 turbo from the neon, beast of a motor that thing was. And since I've already wired one up with a ems it wouldn't be that bad of a swap really. Ideas ideas.........

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So true, plus if people didn't do crazy swaps on random ****, then what would be the point of really modifying anything. It's those crazy bastards who try this stuff out that make things happen. Its why there are Corvette LS motors in 350Zs, and 2JZ Supra Motors, in just about everything, and RB26DETT in old **** and new ****, it's these crazy people who think of crazy stuff that get results. Doesn't matter if the car is cheap or luxury, people with money and time will make it happen. Hell look at the Escort ZX2, it has a V8 swap now and that was an econo box.
 

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Now if it was a '60's Chevy, it would be just a few bolts. The aftermarket for Chevy 350's is bigger than all the others combined!

I would see what Ford performance parts has. That is about it in the practical world.
 

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I understand the want to do this to be different or to blow money, I get that part. I am just suggesting there are way better cars out there that are more mod friendly and have better aftermarket support. I have pretty much concluded that I am done doing anything to my Fiesta and will save up my car budget for Focus ST parts instead, which has more aftermarket support than the Fiesta. If I was looking for a project car, the Fiesta would be last on my list. The world is full of cars with better suited for this type of thing. For a few simple modifications and enjoyment as a daily driver, the Fiesta does a wonderful job.
 

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What would be the most likely candidates for a Fiesta engine swap?
I can Hyundai engines cheap here in korea, but the CPU and electronics probably won't match up.......
swap in a 2.0L EcoBoost engine and 6-speed manual into your Fiesta.
 

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the difference is that all of the cars pictured are awesome and have a healthy aftermarket support. Many of them had engine swap kits available to them. The silver Cobra powered SVT Focus was an engineering exercise done by a company in Detroit. The car was awesome! I autocrossed with them a few years ago and you could tell that money was no object in building it. I am assuming that money isn't unlimited for most people asking about the level of work required to swap an engine in a Fiesta.

If you really wanted to build the ultimate Fiesta and swap engines, I would strongly look at buying a used Fiesta S2000 or OlsbergMSE and swapping parts onto a car with a VIN. That would be the best route since all the engineering has been done.

Ford Fiesta S2000 here are some that are for sale with engine swaps already done.
 

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the difference is that all of the cars pictured are awesome and have a healthy aftermarket support. Many of them had engine swap kits available to them. The silver Cobra powered SVT Focus was an engineering exercise done by a company in Detroit. The car was awesome! I autocrossed with them a few years ago and you could tell that money was no object in building it. I am assuming that money isn't unlimited for most people asking about the level of work required to swap an engine in a Fiesta.

If you really wanted to build the ultimate Fiesta and swap engines, I would strongly look at buying a used Fiesta S2000 or OlsbergMSE and swapping parts onto a car with a VIN. That would be the best route since all the engineering has been done.

Ford Fiesta S2000 here are some that are for sale with engine swaps already done.
Those cars were all done virtually by hand, yes Kugel used to make V8 swap kits for the Focus but even those required a ton of work to make them work and a lot of them were never finished.

I know of at least three people currently doing rear drive conversions on the first gen Focus platform using all home fabricated parts.

Engine and powertrain swaps have always been a part of the automotive culture and I sincerely hope people continue to do them and have fun with them.

The skill, innovation and dedication required for this kind of thing is what drives car modding and without it where would we be now? Drving a bunch of bland, boring cars.

Here's a few more with a couple bordering on stupidity,





And yes, this one is real.

















 

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Ford has already put the 2.0 eco boost st motor into a fiesta. It was at sema. Im holding out for one of those kids to crash there st to get the powertrain. All stock with a tune 252whp and 300+wtq!! With the smog system. Do the swap get it verified done. Ford in a ford is easier than a different make swap
 

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Ford has already put the 2.0 eco boost st motor into a fiesta. It was at sema. Im holding out for one of those kids to crash there st to get the powertrain. All stock with a tune 252whp and 300+wtq!! With the smog system. Do the swap get it verified done. Ford in a ford is easier than a different make swap
Don't forget about this one,

 
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